Experiencing Your First Meal After Trauma

A Series of Firsts: Your First Meal
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Food and the way we eat is symbolic of self-nurture, nourishment, care, community and connection. We often gather to eat and in most cultures, we have rituals around it.
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Eating is not simply a fuel source even though it serves that purpose. That’s why our experiences and associations with food can be so powerful and emotional.
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Oftentimes, trauma can affect how we eat, what we eat and if we can eat at all. For a lot of survivors, there may have been long periods of no meals, simply liquids or being fed through a tube.
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What was that like for you?
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How was it when you got to chew, taste, and commune with others over a shared experience — a meal — for the first time?
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What did it mean to you?

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